Performance of Nigeria footballers in EuropeSeptember 21, 2020
review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and name a few who under-performed.
Too Good: Moses Simon
When Nantes found themselves 2-0 down vs Saint Etienne with 66 minutes played, it looked like a second defeat on the trot was in the offing.
However, Simon began their comeback by halving the deficit five minutes after the visitors’ second, before Renaud Emond made it 2-2 five minutes from time.
The Nigeria winger has now opened his account for the season and will now target getting more than last season’s return of five in Ligue 1.
Too Bad: Semi Ajayi
West Bromwich Albion were thrashed 5-2 at Evertonon Saturday’s early kick-off, and Ajayi was part of the backline that allowed a quintet of goals at Goodison Park.
In fairness, The Albion were undone by Kieran Gibbs’ silly sending off just before half-time, which saw the away side capitulate after the break.
Slaven Bilic’s team have now conceded eight goals in just 180 minutes of Premier League football and, with Chelseato come next week, may allow even more in spite of the defensive 5-4-1 formation the boss has utilised so far in the top flight.
Too Good: Victor Osimhen
With Napoli struggling to break down a resolute, defensive side in Parma, Gennaro Gattuso introduced the Nigeria forward for his debut appearance on the hour.
Indeed, Osimhen’s half-hour introduction turned the game inGli Azzurri’s favour and they went on to score two goals in the final 30 minutes.
The Super Eagle created four chances and had two attempts that went just off target in only 30 minutes of action at Stadio Ennio Tardini, teasing what’s to come this season in Serie A.
Having thrived on his first appearance, Osimhen has definitely put himself in contention for a start against Genoa next Sunday. Read also: Gattuso underlines Osihmen absence as one of Napoli problem
Too Bad: Simy
A lot had been said prior to Simy’s second time in the Serie A and firing blanks on his return to the top flight with Crotone will only increase doubts about his ability to thrive in the league.
Away at Genoa on Sunday, a side that ended last season in 17th spot, he fired blanks as the newly-promoted side fell to a 4-1 thrashing at Luigi Ferraris.
Unfortunately for the towering forward, his first-half misses proved costly as the hosts were more clinical in front of goal, scoring four with only six shots on target.
Simy missed 14 big chances last term but in the top flight, where these things are more cut-throat, his penchant for failing to tuck away away presentable opportunities may bite Crotone in the back by the end of the season.
Too Good: Bukayo Saka
While Arsenal’s 2-1 win over West Ham United in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off was a truly tepid affair, Saka was one of Mikel Arteta’s players who stood out for majority of the game.
Even though he neither scored nor assisted, the teenager created three chances before his withdrawal in the 89th minute, and was involved in the move for Alexander Lacazette’s 25th-minute strike as well as Eddie Nketiah’s late winner.
It remains to be seen whether the youngster retains his place for next week’s daunting trip to defending champions Liverpool, who are unbeaten in over three seasons at Anfield.